Nathaniel Tarn

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Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.
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Nathaniel Tarn (born 1928) is a British poet. Born in 1928 in Paris of British parents and educated in France, Belgium and England, he is a trained anthropologist. He has travelled widely, in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and has a more cosmopolitan outlook than most British poets. He is often regarded as one of the Group.

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  • I speak from ignorance.
    Who once learned much, but speaks from ignorance now.
    • Poem Last of the Chiefs
  • Where there's no stop and go
    a thought may wet your face,
    a breath arreat your stare.
    • Poem Markings
  • The death-of-the-author thematics, as commonly adapted, are another inanity: when society does its very best to homogenize us, what is wrong with a strong, knowledgeable, and responsible ego crying in the darkening wildnerness?
    • "Octavio Paz, Anthropology, and the Future of Poetry" (1999) in The Embattled Lyric (2007)


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